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pack animal

a mule, donkey, burro, or horse bred for vigor and hardiness and used for carrying heavy loads.
Origin of pack animal
1840-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • When all was in readiness for a start he gave the mustang he had ridden to Shefford, and walked, leading the pack-animal.

    The Rainbow Trail Zane Grey
  • She unsaddled one pack-animal and spread some blankets on the grass.

    The Forester's Daughter Hamlin Garland
  • But being a true son of the open, he wanted to see the country; so he decided to travel horseback, with a pack-animal.

    Partners of Chance Henry Herbert Knibbs
  • He owned his own horse and blankets, sometimes also a pack-animal.

    The Fighting Edge William MacLeod Raine
  • Along the road from the south a young rider, leading one pack-animal, ambled into the mission and dismounted.

  • A pack-animal carried our provisions, with a coffeepot and kettle, and three or four tin cups.

  • She trotted her horse so fast that Jim called to say he could not drive a pack-animal and keep to her gait.

    The Border Legion Zane Grey
  • But, Mr. Ermine, how should I transport my heads back to this point with only one pack-animal?

    John Ermine of the Yellowstone Frederic Remington
  • The Indians were concerned only lest some pack-animal should fall in midstream.

    Mystery Ranch Arthur Chapman
  • Along the road from the south a young rider, leading a pack-animal, ambled into the mission and dismounted.

    Padre Ignacio Owen Wister
British Dictionary definitions for pack-animal

pack animal

an animal, such as a donkey, used to transport goods, equipment, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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